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Showtime's new drama presents a world of lies, deceit, and homecoming.
By Patrick Cassels
Images of THE WAR ON TERROR mix with whimsical shots of ANGELA CHASE, a moody teen. The music/tone are from the "My So-Called Life" opening, but with some dark shit in there. TITLE CARD: "MY SO-CALLED HOMELAND" SAUL (V.O.) Previously on "My So-Called Homeland." INT. CIA BRIEFING ROOM SAUL, a gruff, bearded chief, addresses a room full of CIA AGENTS. Angela, in flannel, slumps behind a desk, bored. SAUL We have reports that Abu Nazir is planning an attack on US soil... CONCERNED MURMURS from the other agents. Except Angela. ANGELA (V.O.) (narrating) Is it possible to die of boredom? Angela sighs and tucks a strand of hair behind her ear. INT. CIA HALLWAY - LATER Angela hangs with agents RICKIE, in eyeliner and bright clothes, and RAYANNE. Angela is clasping a 3-ring binder to her chest (*she should do this often*). RICKIE (gossiping) ...and he's like, "Please get my family out of Iran!" And I'm like, "Get my family out of my business!" As Angela laughs, a Jared Leto-like HUNK approaches. HUNK ("whatever") You're Angela, right? ANGELA (super-nervous) What? No! I mean yes! HUNK I'm Nick Brodie. I think you're in my debriefing. I'm the dude who was tortured by al-Queda for 8 years? ANGELA I remember. That was cool. I mean, it sucked! I mean, for you! I mean... Angela turns to Rayanne/Rickie and makes a "kill me now" face. RICKIE (to Brodie) She means: "Nice to meet you." Angela tucks a strand of hair behind her ear. INT. BRIEFING ROOM Angela stands in front of the room and reads a poem from a crumpled piece of notebook paper: ANGELA "The lunchroom drones one by one/We eat the pizza, but they feed us lies..." SAUL That's your intelligence report? ANGELA What about it? ANGELA You said we should be creative. SAUL I meant fabricate details. ANGELA Oh. Angela tucks a strand of hair behind her ear. INT. INTERROGATION ROOM Angela, super shy, asks SOMEONE a question. ANGELA So, do you think Brodie likes me? REVEAL she's interrogating a bruised Iraqi POW. POW America will be punished! ANGELA (oblivious) It's totally fine if he doesn't. (to herself, sad) I wouldn't. POW This is a land of liars and whores! Angela switches on a METAL BOX. BUZZING SFX. The POW SCREAMS. POW OKAY!!! IT'S LIKE PROBABLY NOTHING BUT ABU NAZIR HEARD FROM TOM WALKER WHO HEARD FROM TINO THAT BRODIE TOTALLY LIKES YOU!!! ANGELA Like, likes me likes me?!?! POW F**K YOU! She turns the switch. More BUZZING/SCREAMS. Angela smiles: Brodie likes her! She tucks a strand of hair behind her ear. INT/EXT. BRODIE'S CAR - OUTSIDE BRODIE'S HOME - NIGHT Brodie tries to smooch Angela. She backs away, nervous. BRODIE What's wrong? ANGELA It's stupid. But I heard this rumor that you're a -- ah it's so dumb! BRODIE A what? ANGELA (rolling her eyes) A terrorist! BRODIE Aw, Angela, get real. I'm a Marine. I just wanna serve my country and get to second base with you... Angela relaxes and tucks a strand of hair behind her ear. Brodie goes in for another smooch. BRODIE (right before smooch) ...and kill the vice president. INT. CIA BRIEFING ROOM - THE NEXT DAY SAUL Someone in this room is a mole, working for Abu Nazir... More CONCERNED MURMURS. BRODIE passes Angela a note: CLOSE ON NOTE: "CIA = COMPLETE IDIOTS AVERYWHERE!!!" Angela giggles and smiles at Brodie. RACK FOCUS to reveal some PRISSY CIA AGENTS exchanging appalled glances a few rows back. An OUT-OF-FOCUS Angela tucks a strand of hair behind her ear. INT. CIA BATHROOM Angela enters. A few agents smoke cigarettes. On the mirror, someone has written in lipstick: "ANGELA CHASE PUTS OUT FOR AL-QUEDA!!!" She storms out, tucking her hair behind her ear. INT. SAUL'S OFFICE - LATER SAUL Angela, are you dating a terrorist? ANGELA (beat; with a quivering lip) I don't know, Saul! SAUL But he might be a terrorist? ANGELA (choking up; tucking hair) No, I don't know if we're dating! He said we're not but then when I kissed David Estes he got all moody! EXT. CAPITOL BUILDING CLOSE on Angela and Brodie, holding hands. It's a sweet/sad moment. ANGELA So I guess it's over between us. (soft chuckle) Ugh, I sound like a Meg Ryan movie! BRODIE This is for you. Brodie hands Angela a cassette tape. ANGELA Your confession? BRODIE The Cranberries. They hug. Angela walks away. CAMERA stays on her. ANGELA (V.O.) (narration) It's like R.E.M. says: "everybody hurts, sometimes." But this time, I wouldn't cry. I was gonna be okay. And I think Brodie was, too. As she walks away we REVEAL Brodie is wearing an EXPLOSIVE VEST. With the insane glint of eternity in his eyes, he marches into the Capitol Building. END.